- AAPT has started a webpage dedicated to Advanced Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Experiments. Arbor Scientific has collected together a great set of demos and newsletters relevant both to high school and college-level physics at http://www.arborsci.com/CoolStuff/.
- SPIE has a web portal devoted to photonics resources at http://optics.org/. You can also sign up for weekly email alerts. AIP has a timeline with historical photographs leading up to the discovery of the laser at http://www.aip.org/history/exhibits/laser/. Another nice history lesson of the laser is available from Science News at http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/58499/title/Inventing_the_Light_Fantastic. Finally, Cochin University of Science and Technology in India has a photonics portal at http://www.photonics.cusat.edu/Knowledge Portal.htm.
- Another web portal offering email alerts is Science360 supported by NSF. It covers all fields of science at http://news.science360.gov/. A well-known portal devoted to educational resources in general is at http://www.merlot.org/.
- The Institute of Physics (essentially the European counterpart of the AIP) has unveiled a new web platform for its journals at http://iopscience.iop.org/.
- Harvard's Department of Physics has started a Video Archive of lectures (both recent and historical) by well-known physicists at http://www.physics.harvard.edu/about/video.html. A mathematician has also collected a lengthy set of movie clips at http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies/. For example, check out "A Serious Man" for a hilarious snapshot of a blackboard explaining the Uncertainty Principle. (Did you catch the mistake he made in the derivation?)
- Some well-designed Flash animations for physics are organized topically at http://www.sciences.univ-nantes.fr/physique/perso/gtulloue/index_a.html.
- There are many Periodic Tables on the web with different special features. Someone had the cute idea of constructing a periodic table of periodic tables at http://www.keaggy.com/periodictable/. Another useful resource is NIST's digital library of mathematical functions at http://dlmf.nist.gov/.
- Edwin Taylor and Slavomir Tuleja have an interactive explanation of the Principle of Least Action at http://www.eftaylor.com/software/ActionApplets/LeastAction.html.
- I suppose you know that to get a partial derivative of f with respect to x in HTML you would write
∂<I>f</I>∂<I>x</I>.If not, consult say http://comers.citadel.edu/math_sym2005.htm.
- Have you ever thought about going abroad for a year as a Fulbright Scholar? Learn about qualifications and how to apply at http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/.
- A colleague sent me a link to a video at http://www.lsu.edu/pa/mediacenter/tipsheets/oilspill_hydrates_video.shtml of the growth of a white hydrate plug inside a capped tube lowered into escaping gas bubbles from the sea floor, demonstrating why BP's "top hat" approach failed.
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